One of the first LEED & WELL gold workplace project in Hong Kong
The design aesthetic referenced the works of artist Damien Hirst, such as his ‘Pill Cabinets’ and ‘Pill Sculptures’, based upon the minimalist aesthetic of the medicinal pill and human being’s relationship with science and the pharmaceutical industry.
Between Exchanges of Architectural Narratives
The studio is an emerging architecture and interiors practice from London and Paris, led by Lorène Faure and Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui, with a team of international designers to provide architecture, interior, furniture, product and masterplanning design services. The Hong Kong studio was opened in 2013, specialising in innovative workplaces, residential, F&B, retail, and hospitality for commercial and private clients. Together with our collaborators, we deliver a one stop service to include branding identity, graphics, art, lighting design, acoustics design, and AP / RSE services.
The diversity of the practice with its collaborators reinforces a core vision for the practice: to respond to the exchanges of global cultural development factors, incorporating overlapping design disciplines in the social, economical and technological production of urban spaces. With a strong believe in architecture being an emotional, spatial experience produced by both the user and the author, the design methodology involves the observation, speculation and analysis of contextual narratives. These narratives, or ‘stories’, generate dynamic exchanges of forces, resulting in inventive interventions inherent with humanistic delights.
A wonderful and informative article by Helen Castle of RIBA Journal shedding some light on the current practice context in Hong Kong.
Bean Buro is incredibly honoured to be mentioned amongst other influential British practices in Hong Kong, and exampled as "A New Model for International Practice"!
Nests and ‘Cocoons’ are protective structures instinctively built by animals to shelter themselves, which act as a safe and comfortable enclosure. By designing cosy, defined spaces, the home becomes a refuge from the bustle of the city. The communal area becomes the ‘Butterfly’, an inviting space for family interactions and vibrant social moments that serves as a connection between sleeping quarters.
Inspired from the rich history of traditional Chinese courtyard houses, “Siheyuan,” the approach to this project was to create a tranquil oasis in the heart of a growing business district of Beijing. Rooms in the office echoes the spaces within a Siheyuan, with the courtyard as the open office, the kitchen as the front of house, and the bedrooms as the support rooms for the office.
Bean Buro’s new office design for Sapientia Investment takes its inspiration from the breath taking vistas observed from the top of the IFC two tower. The overall design expresses the natural, organic forms of Hong Kong’s landscape, drawing from the harbour’s energetic movements and topographic form to sculpt a space that echoes its surrounding mountains and tides.
Placed at the heart of the dynamic Wanchai district is Bean Buro’s design for marketing brand Williams Lea Tag’s new workplace in Hong Kong. Drawing reference from the district's urban typologies and symbol, the proposal reinterprets characteristic framing and layering devices, generating a work environment that feels as raw, diverse, and multifaceted as its context.
The design aesthetic referenced the works of artist Damien Hirst, such as his ‘Pill Cabinets’ and ‘Pill Sculptures’, based upon the minimalist aesthetic of the medicinal pill and human being’s relationship with science and the pharmaceutical industry. This became an inspiration for the colourful pills like architectural volumes that performed a multitude of functions, a large pill shaped island table in the pantry, and the colourful carpets that intersect with each other to create juxtaposed boundary conditions.
Recent pictures from the "RE-INVENTION" event at COS Queens Road Central HK pop-up store. Lorène Faure & Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui amongst a multidisciplinary panel of guests speakers with Clark Bardsley, Elaine Ng, Bean Buro, Mina Park, moderated by Catherine Shaw.
For this project, Bean Buro worked on a full refurbishment of a 2,500sqft (230 sqm) residential apartment at Piccadilly Mansion apartments, located in the western part of Mid-Levels, for a family of 4 - two parents and two children. In addition to accommodating a comfortable living and dining areas with stunning views on Hong Kong’s tranquil nature scenes, the apartment would have a master bedroom suite, a bedroom for the youngest daughter still living at home and a bedroom for their eldest son who is currently studying architecture in the UK.
Bean Buro was tasked with refurbishing the third floor of a Tong Lau on Prince’s Terrace in Hong Kong. The site is in a peaceful neighbourhood hidden in the hilly areas of Central, on a pedestrians only street only steps away from the vibrant SOHO district. The projects question the notion of inhabiting an ‘in-between’ space. It was inspired by The Muller House - a house designed by the late architect Adolf Loos in 1930.